Threats to the democratic process

monopoly man2I must readily admit and the readers of this column will most assuredly agree I have had a very difficult time coming to terms with the election of Donald J. Trump. I have not been able to truly understand how anyone could vote for someone as unqualified and unfit as he is. Granted, he did corner the market of “Deplorables.” Certainly, if anyone finds him or herself in that grouping they almost certainly voted for Trump. However, that grouping alone could not have won him the election. There was clearly a grouping not consisting of Deplorables, misguided maybe, but not deplorable, that put him over the top. 


Metro follies, elections top Montgomery 2016 stories

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Metro fireA fire in a subway tunnel was just one of the challenges Metro endured as it dealt with derailments, shutdowns and firings. FILE PHOTO  

With Metro shutting down, voters backing term limits, an explosion killing seven people at an apartment complex, racist and anti-Semitic graffiti popping out throughout the county, and a Sentinel investigation revealing problems with local water infrastructure, 2016 will certainly be a year to remember in Montgomery County.

Meanwhile in Prince George’s County, 2016 featured a new hospital is on the way, a delay for a much anticipated mode of travel, two new council seats, and tumultuous times for the county school system.

And The Sentinel was there to see it all. Here are the stories of 2016, from where we sit.


Take the Atticus Finch approach

Clinton v. Trump

Think about this for a moment. What if, all things being equal, absolutely nothing different except for one small detail, that detail being: the gender of the two presidential candidates were swapped? What if every detail of the 2016 presidential election occurred as is except that Hillary Clinton was male and Donald Trump was female? Is there anyone, I mean anyone, who could reasonably deny that the election would have had quite a different outcome?


The election and the numbers


2016 Pres. Election Poll

The 2016 presidential election has got to be the most surprising upset in presidential election history and the most devastating to progressive politics.

On November 18, pollster Fred Yang, partner with Hart Research Associates, addressed the Women's Democratic Club of Montgomery County to attempt to shed some light on how so many pollsters could not have seen this disaster coming.

He made a valiant effort.


Hope rises from the election ashes

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I was fortunate to be in attendance at a rally in downtown Silver Spring on November 30th that was hosted by our newly elected Congressman Jamie Raskin and which featured as the primary speaker Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren. The one word which comes to my mind to sum up the event is: HOPE! Hope that there is a voice, a collective voice at that, that will speak up against what will most assuredly be the “total and complete” disaster that is to be the Trump presidency. Hope that there will be a strong voice to fight for the progressive agenda that “made America great” in the first place.


Off-the-mark yet insightful!

Womens Democratic Club of MoCo

As someone who doesn't shrink from offering his own political observations, I found the panel discussion on the 2016 presidential election hosted by the Woman's Democratic Club (WDC) of Montgomery County on October 28th to be insightful, informative and, now, in retrospect, as off the mark as every other prediction by the so-called pundits.
The panelists for this event were Washington Post columnist Ruth Marcus and former Time Magazine columnist and current Bloomberg News columnist Margaret Carlson. The discussion was moderated by former local news reporter, former Congressional candidate and successful business woman the WDC's own Kathleen Matthews.
The discussion focused on the 2016 presidential election and having these experienced journalists provide their perspectives gave insight into how they viewed the 2016 campaign while also confirming how off the mark every so-called pundit was on this election.


The real losers in the November election - the residents of the United States


The results of the 2016 election are in and are not exactly as I predicted in my column back on September 29th.

Hillary Clinton has not been elected as the nation's very first female president even though Maryland is proudly sending Chris Van Hollen to the Senate and Jamie Raskin to Congress. In addition, Marylanders can take pride in also re-electing to Congress both John Sarbanes and John Delaney.

However, regarding this country placing Donald Trump in the White House I have no choice but to quote Charlton “my cold dead hands” Heston in his role as Taylor in Planet of the Apes: “You blew it up! Ah, damn you! God damn you all to hell!” 


Van Hollen, Raskin Win!

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John Sarbanes and John Delaney also win as Democrats roll statewide

Election Night 2016-0116 editedJamie Raskin celebrates his win in the race for Congressional District 8. PHOTO BY MARK POETKER 

Montgomery County voters overwhelmingly backed all available Democratic congressional candidates Tuesday, turning out strong for Sen.-elect Chris Van Hollen, Reps. John Sarbanes (D-3) and John Delaney (D-6) and Rep.-elect Jamie Raskin (D-8).

Next door in Prince George’s County, former Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown (D) resurrected his political career two years after losing the 2014 gubernatorial race by winning the open fourth congressional district.

Van Hollen won 74.8 percent of the vote with 99 percent of precincts counted, Sarbanes won 72.4 percent of the vote with 92 percent of the precincts counted, Delaney won 68.5 percent of the vote with 97 percent of precincts counted and Raskin won 74 percent of the vote with 98 percent of the precincts counted.

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